The American Conservative Union has just named Senator Rand Paul the winner of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference Straw Poll. Paul (25%) narrowly beat Senator Marco Rubio (23%), former Senator Rick Santorum (8%), and Governor Chris Christie (7%).
Given the ubiquity of “Stand for Rand” stickers and signs at this year’s conference, I’m not surprised by Paul’s victory. I am wondering, however, whether the Kentucky senator’s win tells us much about his chances for securing the GOP nomination in 2016. For every eventual nominee like George Bush and Mitt Romney (CPAC Straw Poll winners in 2000 and 2012 respectively) there is a Jack Kemp (1986, 1987, 1993) or a Steve Forbes (1998)—or even a Ron Paul (2010, 2011)—who fired up the conservative base but couldn’t hack it in the primaries.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online